Bishops Wood HospitalRickmansworth Road, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 2JW Directions
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Expert care for shoulder and elbow problems
Any problem in an elbow or shoulder, particularly pain, stiffness or weakness, can have a significant impact on our ability to carry out many of these tasks.
If you are concerned about any type of problem in your shoulder or elbow, it can be sensible to see an expert for assessment and advice.
The Consultant Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons at Bishops Wood Hospital treat a wide range of disorders and diseases of the shoulder and elbow, restoring pain-free movement and function once again. They would be delighted to help you too.
Some of the reasons people visit a Consultant Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon at Bishops Wood are for help with:
It can be quite easy to ignore mild symptoms in the shoulder and elbow. For example, many people with a stiff shoulder will often dismiss it as a natural part of the ageing process. It’s only when symptoms become more pronounced and start limiting arm movement that they realise they need to get expert help.
Shoulder and elbow problem can affect all ages. Degenerative problems, such as osteoarthritis, become more likely as we get older, but younger people do suffer from these conditions occasionally too.
When your symptoms are particularly severe or are starting to interfere with daily life, you’ll appreciate being able to get expert help, quickly. At Bishops Wood, we can easily book an appointment for you with an experienced Consultant for assessment, diagnosis and treatment.
Whatever problem you’re experiencing in your shoulder or elbow, our experienced Consultant Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons can help ensure you receive the best treatment for it.
They will carry out a physical examination of the affected area to help determine the mobility, strength and function you currently have in the affected joint.
Some shoulder and elbow conditions will need additional investigation. Most commonly, this will be an X-ray of the shoulder or elbow, and this can be helpful in showing obvious abnormalities in the bony structures. For soft tissue concerns, such as bursitis or a rotator cuff tear, an Ultrasound or MRI scan may be required.
We have MRI, Ultrasound and X-ray available on-site, so these are easily arranged where needed.
Once the results of any investigations are back, your Consultant will talk through the results with you and discuss suitable treatment options.
If these non-surgical treatments aren’t able to relieve your symptoms, or become less effective for any reason, surgery may be needed.
Rotator cuff tears will often need surgery to repair, and this is usually done by keyhole surgery as a day case procedure.
A frozen shoulder progresses through three distinct phases - freezing, frozen, thawing. It will eventually resolve itself naturally, but this may take many months. Physiotherapy and joint injections can be helpful, although some people with more severe pain and stiffness may not respond to these treatments. In these cases, a keyhole surgical release may be considered.
Advanced osteoarthritis can cause severe pain and stiffness in the shoulder, often making movement of the shoulder almost impossible. Shoulder replacement surgery can be helpful in this situation, replacing the worn, damaged joint with a new artificial shoulder joint (prosthesis). This operation is not carried out at Bishops Wood, so your Consultant will refer you to a regional centre for this if required.
If you require any type of surgery for your shoulder or elbow, it will be fully explained to you by your Consultant. They will also talk you through any potential risks or complications you need to be aware of to make an informed decision about treatment. If you have any questions or concerns, your Consultant will be very happy to discuss these with you.
Some people are referred to us by their GP or physiotherapist. Others choose to come to us because a friend or family member has recommended us to them.
We treat people with private medical insurance and those who choose one of our fixed-price self-pay options.
Regardless of how you’ve been referred to us or the distance you’ll be travelling to visit with us, at Bishops Wood you will always benefit from:
If you’re concerned at all by a shoulder or elbow problem, book your appointment online today.